The Best of the Blog for 2016

Well guys, we're in the last week of the year and it's always fun to look back and track accomplishments you're proud of and see where you want to make changes and improve. Since I began my business in March, I've been blogging and to date I've collected almost 60 blog posts for the R Artspace blog!

Blogging for business is a smart move. It promotes content marketing, strengthens your expertise, and drives more traffic to your site. Blogging also helps you connect with your audience and builds trust when you generously offer your expertise to help people.

When I started my business, even though I did tons of research for how to successfully start an online business, there was a lot I didn't know. I needed help with small things, like what should I share on social media? How do I get started with my newsletter? How do I stay inspired? And more.

I found answers to these questions and more through a lot of trial and error and I share what I've learned in the blog. I do this because I know what it's like starting out. It's hard. So giving you a peek into how something can be done more effectively is a win-win for both of us. Today's post is a  round-up of the top ten blog posts that do just that.


1. 50 Content Ideas to Boost Your Instagram Feed

Instagram is a powerful platform for creatives and artists (especially in business). But what are you supposed to share all the time? This has been a struggle for me, cause I know I need to share consistently but it's hard when you run out of ideas. So I created a master list to help you, especially if Instagram is one of your primary sources of marketing and socializing for your biz.

2. Mailing Lists, Getting Subscribers, and Where to Start with Your Newsletter

As you start your online business, one of the first things you should do is start a mailing list. There's a lot of successful business owners who advise this, but how to do you get started? What do you talk about? How do you get people to sign up? Which email provider should you start with? I go over all your need-to-knows in this article.  

3. 20 Everyday Things to Keep Yourself Inspired

As a creative entrepreneur who relies heavily on creativity and inspiration, it's hard sometimes to stay inspired. Here's a list of everyday things that can help.

4. 5 Ways to Make Your Website More Effective

Businesses grow and evolve and so does your web presence. If you are needing to make some changes for the new year or need some direction on how to improve, take a look at these strategies and take a look.

5. Top Design & Branding Frustrations of Business Owners & the Solutions

This post is written in a question/answer format that goes over 5 pressing questions that business owners (who wouldn't consider themselves creatives or designers) go through. It came from some market research I did for over 20 business owners and this list can help answer those questions you have.

6. What I've Learned From 9 Months as a Side-Hustler

Written about a month ago now, this post is a look back at the mistakes I've made so far in business, things I wished I focused on more, and changes for how to improve. Whether you're a newbie or a seasoned business owner this post has something for you.

7. 9 Ways to Take Advantage of Your Full-Time Job

In the creative entrepreneur community there are a lot of us who are side-hustlers. I, for one, still have my day job. So this post is all about helping you find out how to use your time at your day job to your advantage. 

8. Where to Start with Choosing Your Business Name

This post came out of working with a potential client as she was unsure of what to name her business. If you're in the very beginning stages, this is a great post for you to think about as you embark.

9. DIY Branding that Can Make You Look Inexperienced

In the beginning of business, a lot of us DIY... everything. It's hard to invest when you don't have a lot of start up capital or you don't have a steady stream of clients waiting to work with you. But a word of warning: some DIY brand designs can hinder your business by making you look inexperienced and unprofessional. Take a look at the list to find out if you fall into this category.

10. Using Typography to Correctly Represent Your Brand

A lot of people resonated with this post and I think it's because typography is underestimated in the value and charisma it can bring to your brand. Find out how to use yours in the most impactful way for your business.


And there you have it. I'm excited to continue blogging and answering questions in this long form way and to also bring in a new form (video to come!) to more thoroughly answer questions and help you grow your business.

What do you think of this list?

Which one is your favorite/ or most helpful?